Music

Intent

Through singing and learning musical instruments, learners are given the artistic opportunity to develop listening skills, performance experience and fine motor physical dexterity to develop a lifelong passion for music. The skills that music rehearsal and performance give include problem solving, resilience, team work and perseverance: all desirable lifelong skills.

Implementation

Music lessons are carefully planned to interweave children’s skills and knowledge of music into their topic curriculum. Learners are given the opportunity to explore music in weekly lessons, singing collective worship, as well as working towards larger performances.  Music is taught by an experienced music teacher in whole class settings. Children are also given the opportunity to develop instrumental proficiency appropriate to their age both in the classroom and through small group woodwind and brass lessons.

Curriculum

The national curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians
  •  learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence
  • understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.

Impact

All our learners, regardless of their ability, context or experience, will develop skills and a wider appreciation of how music impacts, globally and historically, on individuals and groups of people. Children will develop confidence and competence when performing and will be able to critique and evaluate their own and others work.

Staff are well trained and regularly monitor children’s progress to ensure that they are engaged in activities that develop their skills and help them grow in confidence. Staff provide many and varied opportunities for children to develop their speech through careful questioning and a range of interesting activities. Children are safe and happy and play well together.

Ofsted 2017

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